“Jesus wants you to know that it costs to be His disciple. Salvation, by grace, is a free gift, but discipleship entails cost.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man
“I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” Romans 1:14
Paul discusses debt and obligation a great deal. To the Corinthians he wrote, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”163 He tells them that he is obligated to minister to them. “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” 164
In his opening remarks to the Romans Paul says that he is indebted to the non¬ Christians, for from them he accrues profit in the form of fruit. “…oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto, that I might have some fruit
Your desire for fruit or profit is not bad, depending on what you consider to be fruit or gain. You should not try to divorce debt and obligation. Your obligation to participate in the Great Commission is tied to your indebtedness to the fruit of evangelism, for this fruit accrues to your eternal bank account. According to the eternal economics of Scripture, when you give you gain.
163 II Corinthians 4:5
Ruth 1-4 Luke 8:1-25 (New King James Version)
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